They say America is ‘the land of opportunity’. This is certainly the case with the cultured city of San Francisco. Known as San Fran to the locals, the coastal Bay City is a hub of different nationalities, finance and entertainment. Prove of this is the cities claim as the ‘Paris of the West’. People come sprawling from all over the planet to experience the special atmosphere that is associated with the city. San Francisco has a massive population of 850,000 making it the fourth most populous city in the state of California. The city receives on average a staggering 15 million tourists annually. The now infamous Alcatraz prison receives 1.5 million visitors alone! Upon arrival to the port of San Francisco, cruise passengers will inevitably see the crimson Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge has been popularised by appearing in countless movies and other media formats.
Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean offer 5- star sailings to the port of San Francisco. Some of these cruises feature stopovers at spectacular locations such as Santa Barbara, San Diego and Long Beach. Prepare yourself to be blown away by the sheer beauty of these places!
Climate and Getting Around
San Francisco's climate is similar to that of the cool-summer Mediterranean climates along the Californian coast. The summers here usually consist of hot dry weather. Blankets of fog is a regular occurrence throughout the city. It gives San Francisco a very mystical quality. The climate is suitable for summer cruises along the coast where cruise passengers can enjoy the warm sun on the ships top deck and take in the wonderful views along the way.
Getting around in San Francisco does not cause any problems. Many think the city is enormous when in fact it is much smaller than people would expect. This means walking on foot is a viable option here. This will allow you to immerse yourself in everything the city has to offer, including the flawless infrastructure, the sprawling parks and the picturesque bay area. Cruisers are advised to wear comfortable shoes! If walking gets to be too much, San Francisco has an extensive public transport system. These include buses, subways and the iconic cable car system. The cable cars are ideal for exploring the streets of this city.
Things to Do
San Francisco will amaze you with its variety. Strolling around the streets of this city is a top thing to do. Most of the streets lie upon steep hills where you will be treated to spectacular views of the city and the bay area. One renowned are in San Fran is the Chinatown district. This wonderful community is jam packed with exquisite restaurants and food markets. Cuisine can be purchased here at bargain prices. Cruise passengers can take a trip to Union Square which is the main shopping district. This area consists of more high-end department stores. Alcatraz Prison is now the number one tourist attraction. The prison is located on an island out in the bay area. There are regular boat trips that are active all day. Visitors will be informed about the trials and tribulations of past inmates and their experiences through Alcatraz’s award winning audio tour. A visit to the Golden Gate Park is a must. The park includes the following eye-catching sites, the MH de Young Museum, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco Botanical Garden and the Japanese Tea Garden. Cruisers that explore this park will be in awe of all the natural and unspoiled scenery.
San Francisco Cruises
San Francisco is a bustling cosmopolitan city in California, surrounded by water on three sides.